Falcons coach Dan Quinn defends offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian despite lagging offense

Impact: Compounded with the loss of star running back David Johnson in Week 1, injuries to Iupati and other offensive linemen have crippled Arizona’s rushing attack. The Cardinals rank last in the league with a 63.4-yard average even with newcomer Adrian Peterson rolling for 134 yards in his Arizona debut against Tampa Bay in Week 6.

Yates: Saints. I’ll go with New Orleans and take this moment to highlight just how strong the 2017 draft class already is for the Saints. Kamara is a star out of the backfield, cornerback Marshon Lattimore has rapidly emerged as a top end player, safety Marcus Williams is a rangy playmaker with plenty of upside, and lineman Ryan Ramczyk has been a rock-solid plug-and-play starter. Kudos to the Saints for infusing the roster with young talent. This team is here to stay.

In the injury department, the Jets might be without cornerback Buster Skrine due to a concussion. He played all of Sunday’s game in Miami but didn’t complain of symptoms until he reported to the team facility on Monday.

For the Falcons, rookie linebacker Duke Riley will likely need knee surgery after getting hurt against the Patriots, while running back Tevin Coleman (knee) was limited at Wednesday’s practice but should play Sunday.

Coleman has 229 rushing yards this season, and Devonta Freeman has 425, for a total of 654, which is more than the combined total for the Jets’ three running backs Bilal Powell (283), Elijah McGuire (205) and Matt Forte (157), who have 645.

But surprisingly, Jets quarterback Josh McCown has thrown 10 touchdown passes to Matt Ryan’s seven.

Yet if there’s one bugaboo for each team, it’s penalties for the Jets and lack of takeaways for the Falcons.chargers_017

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The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker served a three-game suspension at the beginning of the year for a hit delivered in preseason, and it didn’t take long for him to start playing dirty against the Steelers in Week 7.

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The Eagles announced it was a knee injury and that he wouldn’t return to the game just minutes after he left the field. Tests on Tuesday confirmed that Peters suffered a torn ACL and MCL, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
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Peters, 35, has been one of the best offensive linemen of the last couple of decades with nine trips to the Pro Bowl, including each of the last four seasons. He was injured Monday when a defensive lineman fell into his right leg awkwardly.

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The Bucs allow the seventh-fewest receptions per game to opposing tight ends this season. In fact, only two tight ends have more than two receptions in a game against them this season.

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Do-it-all back is another one of those springtime scouting cliches. Sometimes the cliche fits. Hunt has become the centerpiece of the Chiefs’ offense, the player through which all things flow.

As Geoff Schwartz pointed out in his most recent Xs and Os video, the Chiefs have the most diverse rushing offense in the league because of Hunt. They can incorporate a variety of formations, motions, and zone read concepts that keep defenses off balance.

Even if Winston isn’t the starter, it’s possible that the Bucs might roll the dice and feel confident with him as the backup. Ryan Authentic Tim Horton Jersey Griffin, injured in the preseason, isn’t eligible for a return until Week 9 and the Bucs didn’t immediately move to sign another quarterback.

Fitzpatrick has played for six other NFL teams, including the Bills from 2009-12, where he went 20-33 as a starter.

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But not good enough.
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Koetter already was concerned with Tampa Bay’s road performance in Week 2, when the Bucs fell behind 28-3 in the third quarter en route to a 34-17 defeat at Minnesota. The first-half effort at Arizona was similarly dismal.

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Elliott was initially suspended by the NFL in August, but he won a reprieve in a Texas court with an injunction. Last week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the decision, which led the NFL to place him on the suspended list. He was unable to be with the team on Tuesday, but took part in Wednesday’s practice after the temporary restraining order was issued Tuesday night.

Seriously.

Said 49ers safety Eric Reid to TheMMQB.com: I did bring up in the meeting how this started with [Kaepernick], and we need to get the messaging straight surrounding him. They heard me, and they agreed.

Trubisky will face a Minnesota defense that ranks eighth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 19 points per game. The Bears are 12-4 SU in their last 16 Monday Night Football games.

And then, suddenly, things were different. The Saints dominated the Panthers in Week 3, picking off Cam Newton three times and holding Carolina to 13 points. Next, they shut out the Dolphins in London. Last week, while the Lions scored 38 points, those numbers included two return touchdowns that shouldn’t be counted against the New Orleans defense, which forced five turnovers and scored three defensive touchdowns themselves. This from a defense that had recorded one defensive touchdown in the past four years combined? Yeah, things are different.
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Nelson Agholor caught four of seven targets for 55 yards and one touchdown against Carolina on Thursday night. The Eagles’ slot man is up to four touchdowns on the season and sits 18th among receivers in fantasy points.

Deshaun Watson tossed three more touchdowns in Week 6 and now leads the NFL with 15 this season. Watson has also racked up a position-high 202 rushing yards, as well as three rushing scores and, as you might have imagined, paces all quarterbacks in fantasy points. The Texans’ offense is averaging 66 plays per game (fifth-most) and averaging 3.0 touchdowns per game (second-most), and 83 percent of its touchdowns have been passes (fifth-most). Watson looks the part, and the Texans’ offense is obviously clicking. Although his short-term value takes a hit with a Week 7 bye and trip to Seattle in Week 8, the rookie is a rock-solid QB1 option moving forward.

What would happen if your team’s starting QB had to miss time? Would the team be in good hands? NFL Nation reporters rated all 32 teams’ backup QB situations.

Goodell had the option to hear Elliott’s appeal himself or appoint a designee. He chose to name Harold Henderson as the arbiter of the appeal hearing. In recent years, Henderson oversaw the appeal hearings for high-profile cases involving Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson.

Later that day, the NFL and NFLPA started attacking each other publicly. First the NFL accused the NFLPA of victim-shaming, and then the NFLPA forcefully denied it.
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The Packers turned to third-year backup Brett Hundley, a former UCLA star, on Sunday, and the results weren’t pretty (three interceptions, four sacks).

Will Hundley be able to keep the Packers in contention in the NFC North? How much will the Packers have to tailor the offense for Hundley, if at all? Weigh in below:

The Packers have many different ways to go, including taking a look at third-stringer Joe Callahan from the practice squad or potentially adding another QB through trade or free agency. The one thing that is clear: The playoff picture in the NFC is a lot cloudier for Green Bay on Monday than it was entering Sunday.

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The Lions have looked lost in New Orleans in the past, and their defense has holes big enough to be exploited by Brees. Meanwhile, the Saints’ defense will do its best to remind us it’s no longer a joke.

Brian Hoyer and Kirk Cousins went from Michigan State QBs to two of Kyle Shanahan’s best NFL pupils not named Matt Ryan. The Niners have made a habit of being frustratingly close in games but not being able to finish. San Francisco has shown good resolve on the road, and Washington isn’t exactly capable of blowing out teams without Josh Norman in its pass defense and reliable receivers in its passing offense.
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In the moment, it reminded us of what happened during the NCAA Final Four a few years ago and the [Louisville] Kevin Ware injury, Randolph said in an email after the game. We knew it was extremely serious and we wanted to avoid any close-up shots of the injury. Collectively, along with Kevin and Lonnie, we held on doing an immediate replay and instead let the pictures tell the story by showing the emotions and reactions from the players’ perspective.

Team owners are discussing the ongoing anthem flap at their own meeting, set to run through Wednesday. While it does appear that last week’s tweet from Trump proclaiming that Goodell is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem is wrong, a change could be forthcoming down the road — especially after the president’s veiled threats of using the power of his office to challenge some of the ways the league conducts its business.

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According to NFL Network, Watson became the first rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era with three or more touchdown passes in three consecutive games.
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Watson is now on pace for 40 touchdown passes this season. The rookie mark for TD passes is 26, set by Peyton Manning in 1998 and tied by Russell Wilson in 2012.

Still, it’s possible Kaepernick already has something firm on which to build a case, Grieb said, and what he’s probably looking for is additional evidence to bolster his argument, which could be uncovered in discovery.
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If he has a smoking gun he’s holding close to the vest for now, then Kaepernick’s uphill climb might not be as steep as it seems on the surface.

When the Titans can run like they did Monday and get efficiency in the passing game, they could pull away from the inconsistent Jaguars and shorthanded Texans, who are tied with the Titans at 3-3, in the AFC South.

Just fold the conference into the G League at that point.

We might be one injury in Charlotte, Philly or Detroit from one of these teams accidentally making the playoffs.

We went deep on the spunky Nets after they acquired D’Angelo Russell and Allen Crabbe. I never bought the buzz that they might challenge for the eighth seed. The frontcourt is light on shooting without Brook Lopez fluttering up set-shot 3s, and there is just sooooo much youth across the roster. They are a better version of the super-tanky Sixers of 2014-2016: a fast-paced, efficient shot selection machine waiting for players talented enough to actually make some shots.

If enough things break right, they could bring Cleveland’s nightmare to life and outpace every team in this tier. Step one: A revived DeMarre Carroll supplants Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as the starting power forward, and brings much-needed spacing.

“We trusted our defence and I just happened to be in the right position to make the play,” Heustis said.

United pushed the Thunder so hard coach Billy Donovan was unable to rest his starters during the pre-season game, with George (22 points) playing 39 minutes, Anthony (19 points) on the court for 31 minutes and Kiwi centre Steven Adams (12 points and 10 rebounds) logging 35 minutes.

Reigning NBA MVP Westbrook, coming back from injury, played a longer than expected 28 minutes for his nine points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Few players bring the unique ability to tilt a game on any play in the way that Odell Beckham Jr. can for the New York Giants. His talent is virtually unmatched at the wide receiver spot, as he’s a transcendent player with incredible production through three-plus seasons.
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She’s helped me tremendously with a lot of different things and maybe it’s just getting me to talk has helped me, he said, via the Tampa Bay Times. Getting stuff off my chest and being able to really feel that positive energy.

I’ll be lying to you to say that I didn’t want a change of scenery after four weeks of seeing how things played out, Peterson said. So, yeah, it was something that I was praying about — ‘Hey, God, I need you to answer this prayer for me. Are you listening to me?’ But in the midst of that, I was still tuned in and locked in.

While Peterson, 32, did enjoy his time in New Orleans, he was unsettled with his role after starting one of four games.

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Peterson will be the featured back with the Cardinals and practiced with the team on Wednesday during a walk-through. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Peterson practiced everything and he will be ready to go Sunday against the Buccaneers. As the team’s primary option in the backfield, Peterson indicated he already has respect with the franchise.

It shows that you’re appreciated. Someone in the organization believes in you and what you’re able to do, Peterson said. I have a lot left in the tank. Stay tuned. Stay tuned and you guys will be able to see that firsthand.